"WHAT IS IT THAT CONFERS THE NOBLEST DELIGHT? What is that which swells a man's breast with great pride above which any other experience can bring him? Discovery! To know that you are walking where none others have walked; that you are beholding in the human eye has not been seen before; that you are breathing a virgin atmosphere. To give birth to an idea, to a discovery of great thought-an intellectual nugget, right under the dust of a field that many a brain-plough had gone over before. To find a new planet, to invent a new hinge, to find a way to make the lightnings carry your messages. To be the first-that is the idea...." There are books so alive that you're always afraid that while you weren't reading, the book has gone and changed, has shifted like a river; while you went on living, it went on living too, and like a river moved on and moved away. No one has stepped twice into the same river. But did anyone ever step twice into the same book?

The Innocents Abroad (1869)

About our Name...
The king of upland game birds, the ruffed grouse, wears the scientific name Bonasa umbellus.
     Bonasa means "like a bison," and refers to the bird's drumming mating call sounding like a thundering herd of buffalo. Umbellus describes the umbrella-like Elizabethan ruff of black feathers around the bird's neck....

Memory Rising
• 6" x 9" Hardbound
• 212 text pp.
• 16-page color art/photo insert
• Author & artist sigs.
• $35
Hatches, Water, & Trout

Charles R. Meck

        MEMORY RISING IS MASTER hatch-matcher Charlie Meck's reflection on a half century's angling.
        In a fine hatch of reminiscences skillfully collected from waters near and far, readers will fish with everyone from angling legends Vince Marinaro and George Harvey to Vice President Dick Cheney. They'll experience the highs and lows of the West's storied trout waters, where Meck meets Charlie Brooks and has a painful horseback adventure to reach a seldom-fished, but trout-rich stream. And when Meck ventures into Canada's four-pound brookie lakes, or on a fly fisherman's dream-quest for New Zealand's 30-inch rainbows, readers can count on hooking a good story. Never pretentious, Meck is always learning something new about trout, insects, anglers and the way they all come together. Meck floats through the currents of these memories with honesty and appreciation. Readers are sure to rise to these skillfully cast tales.

Author & Artist
Charles Meck         Charles Meck has fished virtually every trout stream in Pennsylvania, and has extensive knowledge of the Mid-Atlantic region, Arizona and New Mexico. Meck began writing about fly fishing in 1969. He is author of several fly fishing books. He and wife Shirley live in Pennsylvania Furnace, Penna. and winter in Mesa, Arizona.
Website: www.charlesmeck.com

        ILLUSTRATOR of the 1994 and 1996 Pennsylvania state trout stamps Robert Clement Kray has credits in Sports Afield, Penna. Angler, Penna. Game News, Outdoor Life. He has also illustrated pieces for Franklin Mint and other books.
Email: Krayrc@msn.com